Charnwood Museum reflects the history and industries of Loughborough and the surrounding area. Permanent displays include: Coming to Charnwood, The Natural World, Living off the Land and Earning a Living. Two temporary galleries host a wide range of exhibitions on key local themes as well as national and international subjects.
The story of Charnwood begins with its volcanic past and takes visitors on a walk through Charnwood Forest to explore changing agricultural practices, a Victorian grocers shop, local industries including hosiery, engineering, the design and manufacture of Auster aircraft and the nostalgia of Ladybird Books, which were published and printed in Loughborough from the 1930s until 1999.
Charnwood Museum is managed in partnership between Leicestershire County Council and Charnwood Borough Council. The museum is free, has a café and a shop and is fully accessible to disabled visitors.
Paintings on display include portraits of John Skevington, the Loughborough Chartist, and Robert Bakewell, the Leicestershire agricultural reformer whose work transformed nearly every aspect of eighteenth-century farming.